[Noisebridge-discuss] Cloning 900 netbooks?

davidfine d at vidfine.com
Mon Apr 21 23:17:38 UTC 2014

you can ... use something like PXE to install automatically over the
network. Here's some info on that: http://www.rmprepusb.com/tutorials/serva
you could... boot linux from a usb hard drive and use the dd tool your
image to the internal hard drive. It could be done by a boot script.

Licenses will be a problem, you'd have to run some sort of sysprep
script to handle it http://technet.microsoft.com/en-us/library/hh825209.aspx
If you had a full windows domain stack, you'd run Windows Deployment
Services (WDS). I'm really glad I don't have to work with that anymore.
This is one of those things that's easier in Linux.

On 4/21/14, 12:58 PM, Ronald Cotoni wrote:
> I think clonezilla might do what you want.   But i could be mistaken. 
> Are they all exactly the same hardware?  
> On Apr 21, 2014 4:10 AM, "girlgeek" <girlgeek at wt.net
> <mailto:girlgeek at wt.net>> wrote:
>     Hi All,
>     I have 900 netbooks to set up with Windows 8.  Well actually, they
>     already have Windows 8 installed.  I have 900 netbooks to make
>     usable since they are Windows 8 and are being given to people,
>     most of whom have never touched a computer before. 
>     I have a vague memory that a company desktop technician did some
>     manner of cloning so that all company laptops were identical.  I
>     also had the feeling that this is what the techs at bigbox
>     computer stores do when setting up a newly purchased computer with
>     all the official bloat ware.
>     I would like to format these 900 machines and perform this manner
>     of cloning setup.  Is this something that someone at NB has done
>     and can give me some tips on?
>     TYIA,
>     Claudia
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